Kelley James featured in Artist Spotlight Series – Presented by TuneCore

July 24, 2015


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Artist Spotlight Series – Presented by TuneCore

The latest Artist Spotlight Series features four talented artists submitted by our partner, TuneCore. With styles ranging from blues and indie rock to pop and hip-hop, this mix of independent artists offers an array of unique sounds to satisfy any listener. Check out the full article

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August 20, 2012

IndyStar got a chance to chat with Kelley before his Red Bull MotoGP After Party at Bartini in Indianapolis on Sunday, check it out here.


IndyStar got a chance to chat with Kelley before his Red Bull MotoGP After Party at Bartini in Indianapolis on Sunday, check it out here.  

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The Barney & Barney Foundation Announces Annual “Rock the Foundation” Benefit Concert

August 6, 2012


SAN DIEGO, Aug 06, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Barney & Barney Foundation today announced its annual fundraising event, a benefit concert featuring local recording artist Kelley James at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego on Sept. 20, 2012. Money raised from concert ticket sales will help fund nine nonprofit organizations selected by the Foundation in San Diego, Orange County and the San Francisco-Bay Area.

The Barney & Barney Foundation was established in 2009 by Barney & Barney LLC, the largest, independent insurance brokerage in California, to commemorate its centennial anniversary. Since its inception, the Foundation has made $532,000 in grants to more than 40 recipients.

This year’s fundraiser includes broad participation from leading businesses. The event’s VIP sponsor is AIX Group. Key sponsors include, Aetna, One Beacon, and Anthem and Friends of the Foundation sponsors, Chubb, Benetrac, UNUM, Sun Life Financial, CIGNA, First Insurance Funding, Travelers, Swett & Crawford, Crump Insurance, IGOE, Zurich, The Zenith.

The concert will feature Kelley James, an internationally recognized musician who has performed more than 600 shows in the past three years, including four tours in Australia.

From caring for the sick to supporting high-potential, low-income women, the 2012 grant recipients are deserving charities in San Diego, Orange County and the Bay Area, where the firm has offices. Barney & Barney’s 2012 grant recipients are:

San Diego

— Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

— San Diego Youth Services

— San Diego Hospice & The Institute for Palliative Medicine

— Multiple Sclerosis Society – Pacific South Coast Chapter

— Family Service Association of Riverside

Orange County

— Community Senior Serv


San Francisco-Bay Area

— First Place for Youth

— Women’s Initiative

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“Summertime On My Mind” Music Video

August 1, 2012


Official music video released as summer anthem, includes special appearances by athlete friends

Scottsdale, Ariz. – National recording artist Kelley James released his official music video for his latest single and summer anthem today, titled “Summertime On My Mind.”

James, a California native, is a singer-songwriter whose music is a fascinating collection of acoustic guitars, hip-hop beats, thoughtful lyrics and freestyle flows. His recently released single, “Summertime On My Mind,” has become a summertime anthem and has received recognition from several viral entertainment sites including BroBible, BuzzFeed, ClevverMusic, Mashable and Tone It Up. “Summertime On My Mind” has been included on Tunecore’s “25 Songs of Summer” compilation album available free on Amazon MP3.

The official “Summertime On My Mind” music video delivers a laid back, carefree vibe in which Kelley and his friends enjoy all things that the Southern California summer lifestyle has to offer. The video features special guest appearances by some of James’ friends including Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, Richard Jefferson of the Golden State Warriors, Tone It Up fitness and nutritional experts Katrina and Karena and professional beach volleyball player Chelsea Rashoff. James Mills directed and Tim McCombe served as the Director of Photography for the video.

James has shared the stage with the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, Kate Voegele, Slightly Stoopid, Shwayze, T-Pain, and more. James recently played a weeklong residency at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in June and just finished headlining the Common Threads Tour for Patagonia in Australia, which marks his fifth tour of Australia to date. Additionally, he has toured the nation with acts such as Mike Posner and O.A.R., and has performed over 600 shows in the past four years.

Watch “Summertime On My Mind” here

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Smooth Sounds of Kelley James

July 4, 2012

His style has been known to be a mix of Jack Johnson and Maroon 5 with added hip-hop sensibilities. His occasional freestyle raps in songs make for a fun and unforgettable experience, his good looks never hurt either!

Kelley James is a California native that is kicking off his musical career with a bang. The rising LA star has already sang with many musical artists, some like Sara Barelilles, Jason Derulo and Mike Posner. His musical talent already has filled up LA venues such as Avalon, El Rey, Key Club and Roxy. Kelley has also landed multiple tours around the mid-west singing to over 100 sororities and many universities across the country as well.

Kelley’s voice expresses the emotional lyrics which truly makes for awesome music to blast in the car. His funny personality is unmistakable on Twitter and songs like “Perfect to me,” really shows that his music is much more than a passion. The quick-witted lyrics, acoustic guitars, hip-hop beats, and freestyle flows have landed him a strong connection to fans across the country and media alike.

HP Byron Nelson Championship announces Kelley will perform at “Pavilion After Dark” via ESPN

May 1, 2012


The HP Byron Nelson Championship announced today that Kelley James will perform on Friday, May 18.
Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights will perform at the Pavilion After Dark series on May 19, which is Saturday night of the championship.

From the tournament’s release:

Jonathan Tyler is originally from the Dallas area. JTNL is a local favorite playing events such as the Greenville Ave. St. Patrick’s Day Parade and New Years at the Granada Theater. The band’s music has been featured on such shows as Boardwalk Empire, Friday Night Lights and throughout the 2010 ESPN College Football season.

Kelley James is no stranger to PGA TOUR events, playing at other stops on the TOUR with his unique freestyling skill. Kelley fuses hip-hop like flows with pop melodies. James’ latest album, “The Recent Future” is available on iTunes.

“Jonathan Tyler is a good, old-fashioned rock and roll band that will put on a great show Saturday night,” 2012 Tournament Chairman Robert Smith said. “Kelley James will also put on a fabulous show as his engaging style will be fun for the younger crowd coming out to the Championship.”

Both concerts are free to anyone with a tournament ticket.

Coors Light Birds Nest w/ Rickie Fowler & Friends

February 7, 2012

National recording artist Kelley James performing “Sweet Caroline” live at the 2012 Coors Light Birds Nest with PGA golfer Rickie Fowler, baseball player Kevin Frandsen of the Philadelphia Phillies and Alex Clark, 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman.


July 10, 2008

In late October of 2007 I met a guy with plaid pants, an argyle sweater and a metallic gold hat. He was on a boat with me and introduced himself as Billy. We happened to be playing on the “Music Hub’s 3 Hour Tour” that evening and after a few minutes of conversation decided it was absolutely necessary to collaborate on stage that night. After a marathon-tennis-match-freestyle-medley and going over my alloted set time by 15 minutes I knew that wasn’t the last time we’d share a stage together.

Since then I’ve played over 120 shows in so many different cities and venues that the details have become a little blurred and the memories recklessly filed in “the overall experience” section of my brain. But I will tell you, every time I step on stage with this dude I remember the details.

Meet Bushwalla:

Billy “Bushwalla” Galewood

Candlelight Music Series presented by J Squared

Freestlye // The Troubadour // Los Angeles, CA

If it could be summed up in one picture …

We’ll be playing together August 2nd in LA back for an 80s themed night at The Mint…

And on the famous Three Hour Tour on August 10th … get tickets here …

Gleaming the Cube

July 9, 2008

I had to go down to Orange County today to work on some new stuff for my live show (we just got a last minute invite to play at The Maloof Money Cup in Newport Beach this Saturday) … we overshot our drive down there a little bit and headed further south …

My boy John, who lives with Chris and me in Santa Monica, invited us to his uncle’s office in San Diego to hang out for the afternoon. 99.9999% of the time this is a bad idea — unless your uncle is …

Tony Hawk // San Diego, CA // Half Pipe

Tony and Jon Favreau // Taping an Iconoclasts episode

Interview // Insane Air

Sirius Radio Show // Co-host = John (

Ocean Fog // San Clemente, CA

My mom bought me my first skateboard at Sport-Mart when I was in 6th grade. To say the least, this was a ”low budget” piece of equipment. It was probably made for a few dollars in some country that didn’t even have paved roads, making this slab of wood with four small urethane wheels quite mysterious to the assembler. Regardless, I rode that thing until it was no longer functional … which meant four days later I ended up borrowing my friend’s extra board for the next few years. I loved skating and was so passionate about it … but let it go when high school hit, and the truly important things in life (football, basketball and girls) became top priority — bummer.

Today though, there was a 11 year old boy named Kelley standing on the half pipe at Tony Hawk’s office watching the magic unfold … and smiling like he’d just got his first skateboard.

Pet Detective

June 24, 2008

My boy Kellen and I went for a run the other day in the hills of Sherman Oaks. After about a mile we saw something in the road that looked like a squirrel. It turned out to be an injured Great Horned Owl that couldn’t fly. We called the humane society and they told us to put a box over it, give them an address where the box was and they’d be there in about 4 hrs to pick it up … I was informed that there was only one guy working after-hours that night, responsible for covering all of LA county (which is only 4000+ sq miles).

We decided to take it upon ourselves to rescue this little guy and bring him to the humane society. Long story short, we spent 2 hrs trying to get the owl into a container – it attempted to fly away twice but couldn’t make it more than 50 yards. After the 2nd attempt we were able to get it, unharmed, in a box and over to the humane society.

Great Horned Owl // Sherman Oaks // 2008

Ace Ventura // Sherman Oaks // 2008

Safe and Sound // Humane Society – Sherman Oaks // 2008

Backup career.

Two May Shows

June 24, 2008

Just got some pics from a few shows in May. Both pretty wild to say the least.

University of Arizona // SAE Jungle Party

Voted #1 College Party in the Nation

Jungle Party // Frogskins // 2008

Jungle Party // Patriot // 2008

Jungle Party // Cameras sometimes allowed // Playboy U

Then it was back to LA for the USC end of the year party:

Pregame chat with my little bro // Avalon // 2008

In the zone // It was yellow so I stayed there for 50 mins and unloaded